I'm originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, and moved to the Boston area for graduate school. I was home schooled as a child but started taking classes at the local community college when I was still in middle school and had finished my first two years of college work by the time I was 17. I then went on to dance ballet full-time for two years before returning home and finishing my BA at Colorado State University, graduating summa cum laude before starting graduate work at Tufts University. I received my PhD in English literature from Tufts in August of 2011 and currently combine my teaching work with tutoring.
I have been a professional tutor and a college writing teacher since 2005, working at Tufts, Bentley, Suffolk, CSU-Global, Signet Education, and with private clients. At Tufts I tutored first-year writing at the Academic Resource Center, working with students to help them improve the fundamentals of the writing craft. Over the years I have seen literally hundreds of papers at every part of the writing process, from brainstorming to final polishing. I have built ongoing relationships with dozens of students, some of whom came to see me every week through the better part of their freshman year of college because they trusted that I knew how to help them improve their writing consistently. In my private tutoring I have clients that have worked with for multiple consecutive years. I love tutoring because it gives me an opportunity to build one-on-one relationships with students and because it forces me to continue learning new things and trying new techniques.
I have also helped students apply for colleges, internships, and study abroad programs. I have extensive experience working with clients whose families do not speak English in the home, helping them improve their vocabulary, conversation skills, reading comprehension, and writing. I also have experience working with children with ADD/ADHD and enjoy the challenges of organizational and executive functioning coaching. I am an excellent user of Dragon dictation software and can help train students in its use if they need access to alternate tools in order to succeed academically.
In all of my work my goal is to help the student develop greater interest in the subject they are studying and writing about so that they internalize the material on a personal level. I believe firmly in student-led learning and in the potential of all students to succeed and thrive.
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